YinHe/Milky Way Mercury II
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Galaxy's Mercury II rubber is the first rubber of the MOXA sponge line, Galaxy's entry level version of the "MAX TENSE" line. The Mercury II rubber is tacky, softer topsheet that provides a strong spin on serves and pushes, while given more control to loops, blocks, and drives.
This rubber is great for players learning the fundamentals of table tennis. For beginners or players used to using European/Japanese products, use the 33 or 37 degree version. For players with stronger fundamentals or used to Chinese products, use the 37 or 41 degree version.
As compared to the previous Mercury rubber, the new Mercury II is softer, lighter, and provides a more 'springy' sponge. Overall speed feels the same.
o Galaxy rubbers use the “Milkyway” brand name when submitting rubbers to the ITTF.
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Reviews of YinHe/Milky Way Mercury II (14)
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This rubber is great for the price! The only thing is that it bruises so very very easily! After installing this rubber and taking the plastic protection off, any contact with any object (ball included) produced blemishes on the otherwise pristine rubber.
Sponge was 36 and 37 degrees in the ones I got.
Quite tacky so good spins. Harder sponge is good for hitting but not for blocking or touch play.
Very good value for money though
This is very good and cheap
The sponge is the best, but easy to damage
I'm not sure why or how this rubber costs what it does, but I'm not complaining!
Essentially, I picked this up with the intention of trying it and accepting that I probably wouldn't like it based on the fact that it's somewhat tacky. Boy was I wrong....
I ordered the 36 degree in black (it's widely accepted that black is softer and tackier than red for Mercury II) expecting to use it on my backhand but ended up being so pleased, I switched it around to the FH side.
The rubber is somewhat tacky though it can't pick up a ball off the table. Furthermore, it's oddly grippy whilst still maintaining a mild tack after some regular use. If that wasn't enough to make it a spinny rubber, the topsheet has just enough give to impart some mechanical spin on the ball too! What this means is that with the right stroke, you can impart seriously heavy topspin on loops whether slow or fast. In respect to spin sensitivity, it's middle of the road in that you won't have your opponents serves flying off your racket wildly though blocking requires a fairly closed angle to keep the ball low. It's less sensitive than T05, let's just leave it at that.
Now, I won't go into Tenergy comparisons like almost everyone else as this is a completely different rubber. It's much better used from medium distance than it is away from the table like T05.
As far as speed goes, the 36 hardness I used isn't out and out fast though it certainly has enough juice to put away anything above net height. The harder sponged iterations of this rubber might offer a bit more pace but at the expense of spin I would assume.
As far as physical properties go, this isn't the prettiest rubber in the world though that can be overlooked based on price. The whitish sponge is soft and as everyone has already said, best left on one blade lest you might tear the sponge. Furthermore, it's not the lightest rubber out there though the 36 degree version definitely weighed less than a sheet of T05.
What more can I say other than that this has become my new forehand rubber and I can't see myself changing to anything else in the near future. Even if you're not sure you'll like it, the price ($4) makes you crazy for not trying it at some point or another.
I use a black rubber 33° (but it look like 36-38) on a fast and stiff blade like Galaxy T11 on forehand.
I like this rubber a lot and not only becouse is cheap! The speed at begining is really low becouse it's very tacky, it's necessary wait and after 15-20 hours it get fast enough (for a fast blade). For the spin is not the best but quite good, where it's really good is the control. You can do everything well and find the table in every shot, I like often chop with my forehand and with this rubber is very easy, also on a fast blade like mine! It's really a good rubber for a beginner or for who want a good control
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